Archive for February, 2013

I need to start training for the 50 kilometer One Day Hike (April 27) and the five kilometer Semper Fi race (May 18), so what better incentive then to give myself a goal for March? And make it public, so I can’t ignore it?

March Goal = Run and hike 109 total miles in 31 days.

That works out to about 3.5 miles per day, though I will need to do a range of long hikes to build up to 31.1 miles. I also need to break in my new, lighter hiking boots and cross-trainers.

It’s been awhile since I ran, so that will be loads of fun.

Get off the couch!


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‘There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball.’ – Bill Veeck

The baseball/softball season is just around the corner! Let’s get off to a good start this year with some baseball themed quotes:

‘Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.’ – Babe Ruth

‘Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.’ – Bob Feller

‘I’ve never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.’ –  Leo Durocher

‘Hating the New York Yankees is as American as apple pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax.’ – Mike Royko
‘A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.’ – Earl Wilson
Bonus for Mariners fans!
‘Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma, cause it’s GRAND SALAMI TIME!’ – Dave Neihaus (RIP)



‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over.’ –  Yogi Berra
But this post is.

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I got 6 out of 11 picks correct! Better than below average!

…or are you just ready for Sunday, February 24th? Featuring the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane, of course! Expect nothing. Give everything.

I’m here to boldly predict the winners. In less than half the categories. That’s all I can handle.

Yet, if I prove 100% accurate, I deserve my statue in the US Capitol Building. Well, at least a burning effigy in the parking lot.

Best Picture – I saw five of these movies. Therefore, I know the result.

  • Amour
  • Argo (Actual Winner)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln (Winner!)
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty


Best Actor in a Leading Role – Mr. President, take a bow.

  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Denzel Washington (Flight)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) (Winner!)


Best Actor in a Supporting Role – The irascible one shall prevail.

  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) (Winner!)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Alan Arkin (Argo)
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) (Actual Winner)


Best Actress in a Leading Role – Not the Hunger Games! Or Lincoln for a change!

  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) (Winner!)
  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)


Best Actress in a Supporting Role – I dreamed a dream. And it was all about Anne Hathaway.

  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) (Winner!)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)


Adapted Screenplay – ‘Argo f*** yourself!’ Argo wins because Ben Affeck doesn’t!

  • Argo (Chris Terrio) (Winner!)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
  • Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
  • Life of Pi (David Magee)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin)


Original Screenplay – Something tells me I don’t know what I’m doing, so let me pick…

  • Amour (Michael Haneke) (Winner!)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola)
  • Flight (John Gatins)
  • Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) (Actual Winner)

Best Animated Feature Film – Going against my programming, sorry Pixar.

  • Brave (Actual Winner)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Winner!)
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • ParaNorman
  • Frankenweenie


Best Director – Four score and seven years ago…Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated.

  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) (Winner!)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi) (Actual Winner)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Cinematogaphy – Tiger blood and being lost at sea – and no Charlie Sheen? Winning!

  • Anna Karenina
  • Skyfall
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi (Winner!)
  • Django Unchained

Best Foreign Language Film – When you’re nominated for Best Picture and don’t win, you win this.

  • Amour (Austria) (Winner!)
  • War Witch (Canada)
  • A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • No (Chile)
  • Kon-Tiki (Norway)

Stay shaken, not stirred.

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